John Colbert

(15 November 1871 - 9 August 1939)
     John Colbert was born on 15 November 1871 in Ballarat, Victoria. He was the son of Edward Colbert and Mary Hagan.
     John Colbert married Mary Jane Robertson, daughter of James Robertson and Mary Ann MacPherson, in 1895 in Victoria. They later separated and he had another family in Queensland or New Guinea.
     In Edward Colbert's will dated 23 September 1898 in Leongatha, Victoria, John Colbert was named as heir; This is the last will of Edward Colbert of Leongatha farmer I revoke all former wills and appoint Hugh McCartin of Leongatha auctioneer & Thomas Hyne of Leongatha farmer, executors and trustees of this my last will
I devise and bequeath the whole of my real and personal estate unto the said executors and trustees upon the trusts following To pay my debts funeral and testamentary expenses and if necessary for this purpose to mortgage my real estate. To permit my sons Michael and Charles to reside on cultivate farm and manage my real estate for their use and profit (and for this purpose the said Michael and Charles are to have the use of my plant furniture stock and everything now in use upon or .. in or about my farm) until the younger of them attains the age of 21 years or if the younger should die before attaining that age then till eth other of them attains that age. Upon the younger of the said sons attaining the age of 21 years, I direct my said executors and trustees to convey my said real estate to my said sons Michael and Charles as tenants in common and to transfer to them absolutely my personal estate
I direct my said executors to pay the following legacies following as soon as convenient after the younger of my said sons attaining the age of 21 years and for the purpose of paying the same they may mortgage or otherwise charge my real estate
To my son John one hundred pounds
To each of Johns's two children now living £25
To my daughter Ellen £20
To my son Edward £5
I direct my executors to pay as soon after my death as convenient two sums of £2/10/- each for masses for the repose of my soul, one sum to the abbot of Melleray co. Waterford Ireland, the other sum to Father Galivan now or lately stationed at Gisborne Vic. I further direct my executors to spend a sum not exceeding £50 in erecting a tombstone to my memory in the cemetery at Leongatha. Signed & dated 23 Sep 1898 - Edwd Colbert, witnessed by Edward Hurst accountant & Chas Hyne salesman, both of Leongatha.
He was admitted to Maryborough, on 25 July 1907. He was aged 34, miner of Carisbrook, married, Roman Catholic, native of Victoria.
     John and Mary were registered as John Colbert, miner & Mary Jane, home duties at McCallum St, Carisbrook, on the 1909 electoral roll.
     John and Mary were registered as John Colbert, miner & Mary Jane at McCallum Street, Carisbrook, Victoria, on the 1912 electoral roll.
     John was registered at Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, Queensland, on the 1919 electoral roll. A John Colbert, trainee, was also registered at Raglan St Maryborough, Vic on the 1919 roll. However Mary Jane was not listed. They were both there in 1921.
     John Colbert lived at 'Almira', Jane St, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, Queensland, August 1921. His wife stated to the AIF, that he was a miner in Queensland looking for work.
     John was a defendant in a court case on 18 July 1923 in Maryborough, Victoria. His offence was being on licenced premises. He was listed in a directory dated 1925 as Edward M & John Colbert, bros at Maryborough.
     John was registered as John Colbert at Raglan Street (near Bristol Hill), Maryborough, on the 1931 electoral roll.
     There is a photograph of John Colbert in the book Gold dust and ashes by Ion Idriess according to Bob Howard.
     He went goldmining in Papua New Guinea for about 30 years.
     John died on 9 August 1939 in Brisbane, Queensland, aged 67. He is supposed to have died in a tram accident in Brisbane.
COLBERT. — On August 9, at Brisbane, John, beloved husband of the late Mary Jane, loving father of Edward (deceased), Sydney (deceased), John, Charles, Michael, Eileen (Mrs. Cahlll). Patricia (Mrs. Solomon), and Lylia. R.I. P..

Children of John Colbert and Mary Jane Robertson

Edward John Colbert

(1895 - 11 October 1917)
     Edward John Colbert was born in 1895 in Maryborough, Victoria. He claimed he was born at Carisbrook on enlistment in WWI. He was the son of John Colbert and Mary Jane Robertson.
     Edward served as a private in the 46th Battalion between 1915 and 1917. He enlisted at Carisbrook on 26 January 1915 aged 20. Served in the Middle East then England, France & Belgium with the 46th & 65th Battalions. He received the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. He claimed to have been born at Carisbrook and was a 23 year old labourer when he enlisted on 26 January 1915. His next of kin was given as his father J Colbert, of Almare, Jane Street, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, Queensland.
     Edward was killed in action on 11 October 1917 in Flanders, Belgium. His name is recorded on the Menin Gate memorial at Ypres.
     The administration of his estate was granted on 21 February 1919 at Victoria.

Sydney James Colbert

(29 March 1897 - 26 May 1915)
     Sydney James Colbert was born on 29 March 1897 in Carisbrook, Victoria. He was the son of John Colbert and Mary Jane Robertson.
     Sydney served in the 5th Battallion as a private soldier from 4 January 1915. He enlisted at Ararat on 4 January aged 18 9/12 of Carisbrook. His Unit embarked from Melbourne, on board HMAT A18 Wiltshire on 14 April 1915 and served at Gallipoli with the 5th Battalion. He was issued with the 1914/15 Star, the British War medal and the Victory Medal. He is eligible for the Anzac medal. He was 5 foot 5 inches tall and weighed 133 pounds on enlistment with a dark complexion, blue eyes and black hair.
     Sydney was killed in action while landing from a destroyer on 26 May 1915 in Gallipoli, Turkey, aged 18. His death is commemorated on panel 24, at the Lone Pine memorial, Gallipoli.
His family inserted a notice on 31 May 1916: IN MEMORIAM. COLBERT — In loving remembrance of our dear son and brother, Private S. J. Colbert, 5th Battalion, C Company, killed in action, May 26, 1915. You answered the call of your country, Syd. But the voice of your cable tells, You were one of the boys in khaki clad, Who fell at the Dardanelles. -Inserted by his loving parents, brothers and sisters. WEDNESDAY, MAY 31, 1916.
     The administration of his estate was granted on 2 February 1919 at Victoria.